Mother's Milk Tea Review
My breastfeeding journey thus far with my 6.5 month old son, Luke, has had ups and downs. As I talk about in this post, he suffered from reflux, making feeding sessions painful for him and frustrating for both of us.
I'm fortunate that I never had trouble establishing or maintaining my milk supply. I didn't experience painful or cracked nipples, nor did Luke have trouble latching. For that, I'm grateful. I did, however, struggle with a slight oversupply. I know, I know, it may sound like a good problem to have. But, when Luke tried to feed from my ready-to-burst breasts, he would choke and sputter, making his reflux worse than it already was. On numerous occasions, we were both in tears.
Two months later, our situation has changed slightly. As his digestive system matured, I'm happy to report that Luke's reflux has improved markedly, making breastfeeding a much more pleasant experience for both of us - at least most of the time. He also started eating solids recently, and since he is naturally consuming less breastmilk my body adapted to the decrease in demand. Granted, Luke simply needs to nurse for a few moments and my milk lets down. However, my impatient little babe gets frustrated if there isn't milk readily available. What can I say, he gets 'hangry' like his mama!
Here's the verdict.
What I Did
As soon as I opened the tea bag, I noticed a strong smell. I expected the tea to taste bitter, but I was pleasantly surprised that I didn't need to add honey or another sweetener. While nothing can compete with Earl Grey, in my opinion, the licorice undertones are enjoyable.
I brewed the tea according to the instructions, which is 1 cup of freshly boiled water over one tea bag and steeped for 10 minutes. The company recommends consuming 3 to 5 cups of tea per day, but I started with two cups for fear of stimulating too much milk production.
It took about three days to notice a difference, but my breasts now fill noticeably quicker when I've been drinking the tea. I hate pumping and only do so when needed, so I can't comment on how many ounces I was producing before and after the experiment, but I am pleased with the results. More importantly, Luke seems content with my milk supply too. While the increase in milk production was small, and it very well could simply be the placebo effect at play, it's good enough for me. I enjoy drinking the tea and it's certainly not hurting, so I'll continue to use it until we're finished nursing.
Brittany Van Den Brink is a PhD Candidate and freelance writer living in small-town Ontario with her husband, baby son, and their Golden Retriever, Chevy. She founded Motherhood Her Way to collaborate with other moms as they go through the ups and downs of motherhood. Say hi on Instagram @brittanyvandenbrink.